Category: Congress

Trump Understands Absolutely Nothing

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a big vote-a-rama today that will culminate with a roll call on a budget resolution. It’s not entirely clear that the vote will succeed, but it’s beginning to look that way now that…

When Populism Means Corporate Tax Cuts

Here’s is something worth pondering for a few minutes: On Tuesday, [Freedom] caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he would not vote for a final tax bill if the corporate rate rises above 20 percent. That is the rate…

Mapping the Effort to Do Tax Reform

Even a good faith bipartisan tax reform effort would run into the problem that federal taxation policy has an impact on state and local tax policy, and making changes in deductions will hurt some states while benefitting others. The home…

A Dialogue on Health Care

SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER of TENNESSEE: Um…Patty? I didn’t want to tell you this, but we broke the television. SENATOR PATTY MURRAY of WASHINGTON: What the unholy hell?!?? Are you kidding me??!? LAMAR: Yeah, um, no. No, I’m not. PATTY: What’s…

Why a Tax Bill Will Be So Hard

I wrote a piece yesterday entitled Tax Reform and the Politics of Tennessee that highlighted the roles of Sen. Bob Corker and Rep. Diane Black in the next big battle in Washington DC. It was the latest in a series…